Police Probe Walmart

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 3:23pm

Alleged shoplifter dies after being tackled by employees.

Georgia police are investigating the death of a suspected shoplifter who was wrestled to the ground by three employees outside a Lithonia Walmart.

It happened at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The alleged shoplifter has been identified by family members as 38-year old Vidal Calloway.

Friends and family gathered at his home in Ellenwood Monday, but did not want to speak publicly about Calloway.

According to the police report the store manager asked to see the man's receipt for two LG Blu-ray DVD players, which he had put in his bag.

The report states the man ran outside and the manager followed, grabbing the man by the hood of his sweatshirt and slammed him to the ground.

A security officer contracted with Walmart and another employee joined in, allegedly telling police they put the man in a headlock and held him by his back and feet, in an effort to calm him down.

A security officer eventually put the suspect in a choke hold and told him to tap when he couldn't breathe.

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